Meursault Blagny is quite well known among Burgundy drinkers and collectors, but have you ever heard about Le Blagny-Blanc?
The appellations of Burgundy are numerous and the system is not always logical and straightforward, so I often turn to Lavalle, when I want to get a historic view on the Burgundy appellations.
Le Blagny-Blanc – Premiere Cuvee
In Lavalles classification from 1855 Le Blagny-Blanc was listed as Premiere Cuvee alongside Batard-Montrachet, Les Combettes, Les Platieres, Les Referes and Les Charmes – with only Le Montrachet and Chevalier-Montrachet classified higher.
This made me curious and I began to explore Le Blagny-Blanc – first the two immediate questions:
- What about Les Pucelles and Le Caillerets, why are they not ranked higher?
- What happened to Le Blagny-Blanc?
The first question is quite easy to answer – Les Pucelles and Le Caillerets were only producing red wines back in 1855, so they are not in the classification of the white terroirs of Puligny-Montrachet.
But the most interesting question is … what happened to Le Blagny-Blanc?
What happened to Le Blagny-Blanc
According to Lavalle the total area of Batard-Montrachet, Le Blagny-Blanc and Les Combettes was 21 ha 61 ares and 82 cents in 1855. If we take the area of Batard Montrachet (9 ha and 73 ares) and Les Combettes (6 ha 71 ares and 93 cent) from Rodier – we can make a approximation of the area of Le Blagny-Blanc – the result is a vineyard of approximately 5 ha.
When we turn to Rodier he also mention Le Blagny-Blanc in his classification – but he also mention the name Hameau de Blagny in connection with this terroir.
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